For some people, Started dogs make more sense. Our Started dogs are between 10 and 18 months old. They will be pointing, retrieving and have basic obedience training. They will have gone through bird and gun introduction and be ready for you to take over.
Due to the dogs age and training, the new owner typically skips some of the puppy issues and antics. Please note that they usually have not been housebroken, however, they can be trained quickly in a family home environment.
Our finished dogs are typically professional hunting dogs with hundreds or even thousands of birds on them. They are ready to move out of our kennel and into a family.
We try to place these dogs between three and five years old. They typically bond quickly with their new masters and become welcome members of the family.
To get a dog trained to this level would take thousands and thousands of dollars in training and birds, and even then you don’t have the certainty that it will work.
We recommend our finished dogs for people who want a quality hunting dog NOW and don’t have a year or two to wait for one.
Our line began over 20 years ago in the Midwest and has become the most awarded tournament hunting line of dogs in the United States. It is based on Cent VonEsterfeld, the German-born stud dog imported directly from Germany in 1986. At the time he was rated the number one German Shorthair Pointer in the world under five years of age. He was bred to outstanding American females and The Line has prospered ever since. Every Top Dog Showdown winner in the Pointer Class has been an “HHC” dog for the past six years. To learn more about The Line and have an enjoyable read, you can get our book The Line and read in detail about these amazing dogs and their history.
Link to an article from MENZ Tournament Hunter Magazine “Dogs of the Past” feature about Mr. Cent.
When it comes to buying a dog or puppy there is no sense in skimping.
Well-bred, registered dogs are usually little more than unregistered, multi-breed dogs… Especially when you consider the following:
All dogs eat about the same amount of food, visit the vet with the same frequency, and require similar amenities and toys.
Our studies show that a midsized dog eats about $400 per year in food, requires about $400 per year in vet care and about $400 per year in other accoutrements, i.e. dog beds, kennels, toys, snacks, leashes, training devises and so on.
(C) Sheila Mattson
It generally costs about $2,500 to train a hunting dog and well-bred dogs usually come on faster and retain training better.
Ultimately most dogs live about 10 to 15 years, depending on breed and fortune, so most dogs cost about $12,000 to $16,000 all in, over that span.
We firmly believe that to save a couple of hundred dollars on the front side is the biggest mistake a dog owner can make and that getting the best bred dogs will ultimately make you proud, happy and save lots of frustration.
Remember that the poorest hunting dog of all still eats $400 of food, requires $400 for vet fees, $400 for incidentals per year, will be harder to train, probably be more disobedient and once that dog gets in your house, it’s likely to be there for 10 or 15 years.
We guarantee our dogs and have been making people happy for over 30 years.
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We guarantee our dogs! The Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club has some of the best hunting dogs for sale in MN. A guarantee is given to all of our new dog owners.